Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Peta seeks royal endorsement for dog shelters

Sad news this week, the Queen’s beloved corgi, Monty, passed away.

Monty famously appeared in the hilarious sketch starring the Queen and Daniel Craig as James Bond for the Olympic Games opening ceremony.

It is awful when you lose a pet, be it a dog, cat, rabbit, whoever you have grown fond of.

Believe me, I hate finding a fish that has passed away in the tank, they are all living animals, friends, and you grow fond of them.

So commiserations to Her Majesty on her loss.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has taken the opportunity, though, to highlight the role of shelters in rescuing and finding new homes for dogs.

The charity has written to Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen to consider using a shelter if she chooses to make an addition to the family following the loss of Monty.

Strange request? Not so, it is an extremely important cause.

There are thousands of beautiful, healthy animals all desperate for homes, many will be put down just because they can’t find one.

Buying a dog from a pet shop or breeder doesn’t guarantee  an ethically-bred pet.

There are some unscrupulous breeders and shops out there who churn out animals raised in cramped and dirty conditions.

These animals often have behavioral and health problems.

If you do buy from a supplier, always make sure they are Kennel Club approved and that you have seen the breeding conditions.

They should be clean and uncramped, and the puppies should not be taken from their mothers prematurely.

Let’s hope Her Majesty, if she does choose to get another pet, endorses the wonderful work done by these shelters and adopts a dog in need of a home.

Peta’s letter 

Your Majesty,

We were deeply saddened to hear about the loss of your corgi Monty. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies.

We hope that if you choose to open your heart and home to a new dog, you will consider saving a life by adopting from a local shelter. 

Thousands of dogs, including many corgis, are currently languishing in animal shelters across the country, all in desperate need of loving homes.

Many of them will be euthanised because shelters simply do not have the resources to keep them all. 

The situation is so desperate that in 2010, it was reported that 17 RSPCA animal centres could no longer take in stray and abandoned animals. 

Monty had a truly enviable life, as do your beloved Willow and Holly. 

Giving that kind of “happily ever after” ending to a lonely dog in a shelter would set a wonderfully compassionate example for Britons and encourage others to adopt rather than perpetuating the crisis by buying from breeders.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this.

Respectfully yours,

Mimi Bekhechi
Associate Director
PETA Foundation

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